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Sony Announces MotorStorm: Apocalypse

I am excited about these trucks...again.

Nothing stops the MotorStorm festival: not dirt, mud, rivers, volcanoes, or even the damn apocalypse. Last Friday on the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that Evolution Studios would be returning to their racing franchise in destructive fashion. MotorStorm: Apocalypse trades the lush jungles and and craggy canyons of the first two MotorStorm games for the earthquake-ravaged West Coast of the United States. You'll still have access to a garage full of different vehicle types--from bikes and dirt buggies to trucks and supercars--only this time, you'll be driving them through crumbled buildings, fallen bridges, and ravines formed in the wake of the earthquakes

 Drive, man! You've got a split second to get out of there!

The key to the new MotorStorm game--and this new urban setting--is that the game isn't set in the present-apocalypse. No "pre" or "post" need to be applied. You'll race through the city and quickly learn that Armageddon is only just beginning; new earthquakes will continue to tear the city apart as your race progresses, and changes to the environment in one race will carry over to later runs on that course, meaning that the tracks will become more ravaged and ruined as your race goes on. To make matters worse (or maybe better? It's hard to know what MotorStorm racers are thinking) the city hasn't been abandoned. There are some menacing factions of racers still operating in the city, and they're looking to tear apart the Bay Area as badly as you want to race through it.
 
Sony and Evolution also revealed that they've taken the same lessons about persistent progression in multiplayer games that every other game online genre has, so expect a leveling system and a wide range of swappable perks to accompany the return of MotorStorm's 16 player vehicle madhouse.
 
It sounds like Evolution is making some interesting changes to modernize the franchise while retaining the specific mechanics that made MotorStorm interesting in the first place. What do you folks think about the changes? You'll have plenty of time to think about it; no release date was given for Apocalypse.
 

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Posted by MattBodega

Nothing stops the MotorStorm festival: not dirt, mud, rivers, volcanoes, or even the damn apocalypse. Last Friday on the PlayStation Blog, Sony announced that Evolution Studios would be returning to their racing franchise in destructive fashion. MotorStorm: Apocalypse trades the lush jungles and and craggy canyons of the first two MotorStorm games for the earthquake-ravaged West Coast of the United States. You'll still have access to a garage full of different vehicle types--from bikes and dirt buggies to trucks and supercars--only this time, you'll be driving them through crumbled buildings, fallen bridges, and ravines formed in the wake of the earthquakes

 Drive, man! You've got a split second to get out of there!

The key to the new MotorStorm game--and this new urban setting--is that the game isn't set in the present-apocalypse. No "pre" or "post" need to be applied. You'll race through the city and quickly learn that Armageddon is only just beginning; new earthquakes will continue to tear the city apart as your race progresses, and changes to the environment in one race will carry over to later runs on that course, meaning that the tracks will become more ravaged and ruined as your race goes on. To make matters worse (or maybe better? It's hard to know what MotorStorm racers are thinking) the city hasn't been abandoned. There are some menacing factions of racers still operating in the city, and they're looking to tear apart the Bay Area as badly as you want to race through it.
 
Sony and Evolution also revealed that they've taken the same lessons about persistent progression in multiplayer games that every other game online genre has, so expect a leveling system and a wide range of swappable perks to accompany the return of MotorStorm's 16 player vehicle madhouse.
 
It sounds like Evolution is making some interesting changes to modernize the franchise while retaining the specific mechanics that made MotorStorm interesting in the first place. What do you folks think about the changes? You'll have plenty of time to think about it; no release date was given for Apocalypse.
 

Edited by skittles

These additional features sound like just what the series needs to make it fresh again. Not sure if it'll be enough to pull me back in, but it's encouraging.

Posted by selbie

Moterstooooormmm

Posted by TwoOneFive

So it is, as Matt Bodega was clearly punning, a mix between Motorstorm (1&2) and Splt/Second!!! That's AWESOME! 

Posted by Sil3n7

Trucks....!

Posted by JJGIANT

Just want to say Matt, your doing a great job! Keep up the good work man!

Posted by Onigenko

Awesome setting.

Posted by Milkman

Seems like a neat concept. Looking forward to it.

Posted by WinterSnowblind

I really loved the themes of the previous Motorstorm games..  the canyons worked well, and then the pacific environments were beautiful.  The arctic setting would have been better if it weren't on the PSP with awful control, but it was great all the same.  But apocalyptic?  Post or not, it doesn't really appeal to me at all.

Posted by dvorak

I'm actually interested in this one.

Posted by MooseyMcMan

Sounds cool.

Posted by RJPelonia

You know, this just might be the MotorStorm I buy.

Posted by Seedofpower

Too bad I don't own a ps3.

Posted by FunExplosions

Awesome. I may finally buy a Motorstorm. The others had fun demos, but nothing that would get me hooked for very long. Third time's a charm, right?

Posted by animateria

The 2nd one is an absolute blast. I'm surprised that people skipped it for... Well, there really isn't a game that can be compared to it.
 
Anyways, a run down city makes sense. Motorstorm is supposed to be happening in a post-apocalyptic world, but the settings in 1 and 2 don't portray that at all.
 
I think 3 finally gives a backdrop that fleshes out that setting. I'm excited yet a bit worried since Pacific Rift was great for it's variety. I hope they have more than city areas in the game.

Posted by JoelTGM

looks good.

Posted by eloj

Considering I bought the second one and only played it a couple of hours, this goes on the wait-for-bargain list. I'll get full on the demo.

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Edited by FuzzYLemoN

Moe-tuh-stom!

Posted by LordAndrew

The apocalypse makes everything more fun.

Posted by WindFall259

Looks like they were taking notes from that 2012 movie.

Posted by SithToast

I need to get my hands on the motorstorm games now that I have a ps3.

Posted by EliasT

I will be getting this without a doubt, I loved Arctic Edge, and it's soundtrack was awesome too.

Posted by Rasgueado

I really need to try one of these games out.

Posted by maxim2boobles

seems interesting. need more zombies

Posted by Catarrhal

Looks good, but the exceedingly harsh rubber band AI in Motorstorm: Pacific Rift may have killed my interest in the series.

Posted by Hef

These games never seemed to keep me interested.  Hope that changes with this one!